As good as Android Auto is poised to be for the little bit it’s designed to help you do (control audio playback and help you get to where you need to go), there’s one sad fact: it required you to think about buying a new car. Thankfully there are more Android Auto products being announced that don’t require you to spend thousands of dollars on a brand new car.
Pioneer is bringing the goods in modular fashion with three new in-dash stereo units from their NEX line that can be dropped into a compatible bay. The only problem on your end is making sure your car allows installation of these things. The other? Well, coming up with cash in the range of $700 to $1,400 to buy one of these. Even with that, though, it’s a hell of a lot cheaper than having to buy a brand new car.
Here’s the full suite of features you can look forward to:
- HDMI® Connectivity
- Wideband Speech & A2DP AAC Bluetooth® Connectivity
- Android Auto Compatibility
- Apple CarPlay™ Compatibility
- MirrorLink® Connectivity
- HD Radio™ Technology
- iDataLink® Maestro® Technology
- Dual Zone Audio/Video Playback
The Pioneer AVIC-8100NEX ($1,400), AVIC-7100NEX ($1,200), and AVH-4100NEX ($700) will be available starting in March 2015. Let us know if you’ll be looking to scrape enough cash together to slap one of these inside the ol’ automobile.